Program Requirements


Prerequisite Coursework Requirements: The prerequisite courses, as identified below, must be completed with a grade of B- or better prior to beginning the Physical Therapy Program; however, please note that a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all PT prerequisite coursework is required for admission. No more than 12 credits from this group of courses may remain incomplete at the time of application to the program and all pre-requisite coursework must have been completed within the past seven years. For those students admitted to the program, final transcripts for these courses (if applicable) must be submitted to the PT office by the end of July.


Prerequisite courses for the program are:

(Marymount course equivalences in parentheses)
  • Two (2) courses of biological sciences with lab (BIO 151-152 General Biology I and II)
  • One (1) course of anatomy/anatomy and physiology I with lab (BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • One (1) course of physiology/anatomy and physiology II with lab (BIO 162 Anatomy and Physiology II)
  • Two (2) courses of general chemistry with lab (e.g. CHM 151-152 Principles of Chemistry I and II)
  • Two (2) courses of general physics with lab (PHYS 171-172 General Physics I and II)
  • One (1) course of psychology (PSY 101 General Psychology)
  • One (1) course of statistics (MA 132 Statistical Analysis)
International students for whom English is a second language should review the webpage for International Graduate Students for TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic test score requirements.

Clinical Education

Clinical Education activities are integrated throughout the three-year curriculum. Integrated part-time clinical experiences take place in local physical therapy clinics and coincide directly with didactic learning activities. Clinical full-time practicums take place in clinics locally and nationally. The majority of full-time clinical placements occur within the greater metropolitan Washington area and nearby states. Students complete full-time practicums in 11 or 12 week rotations, at three different clinic sites.

Immunization and Health Requirements: A copy of each PT student’s medical examination record and all the requirements listed below must be provided prior to matriculation:
  • written verification of negative two-part PPD, T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold.  If positive results, proof of negative chest x-ray and TB Screening as recommmended by CDC.   
  • proof of titer or vaccination for the following: Hepatitis A and B, MMR, Varicella, and Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Td/Tdap)
  • proof of of medical insurance
  • written verification of CPR certification (American Heart Association for Healthcare Providers only) 
  • a criminal background check, which is a federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations
  • drug screening
  • annual influenza vaccination required in the fall semester of the program
  • possible additional requirements as stated by specific clinics

Students will not be permitted to register for classes until all requirements are met.  

Clinical-Experience Transportation: Students provide their own transportation to and from courses and clinical experiences. 

Additional Program Requirements 
Comprehensive Examination: Each student must pass a comprehensive written examination in order to graduate. All Physical Therapy Program faculty members contribute questions to the exams.

Minimum Grade and Academic Progression Requirements: Physical therapy students must meet all of the university academic standards for graduate students. In addition, physical therapy students are expected to receive a minimum grade of B in all required courses. However, students are allowed to continue in the program without interruption with up to two course grades of B-. Course grades lower than a B- are considered unsatisfactory. Upon receiving three course grades of B- or any course grade lower than a B-, the student is dismissed from the program.

DPT Curriculum/Degree Requirements

102 credits
Year One — Fall
  • PT 700 Clinical Neuroscience
  • PT 701  Applied Pathophysiology
  • PT 702 Health Care Delivery and Contemporary Society
Year One — Spring
  • PT 710 Gross Anatomy
  • PT 711  Foundations of PT Examination, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
  • PT 712  Critical Assessment of Information
Year One — Summer
  • PT 713  Therapeutic and Scientific Principles of Exercise
Year Two — Fall
  • PT 714  Foundations of Physical Agents and Therapeutic Technologies in Physical Therapist Practice
  • PT 720 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Orthopedic Disorders
  • PT 721  Clinical Applications of Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Orthopedic Disorders
  • PT 723  Research Principles and Design
Year Two — Spring
  • PT 730  Evaluation and Management of Patients in Acute Care
  • PT 731   Clinical Applications of PT Management of Patients in Acute Care
  • PT 732  The PT as a Manager
  • PT 735   Physical Therapy and the Older Adult
Year Two — Summer
  • PT 800  Clinical Practicum I
Year Three — Fall
  • PT 740  Evaluation and Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
  • PT 741   Clinical Applications of PT Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
  • PT 744  Case Report I: Foundations
  • PT 745  Clinical Practice Synthesis
  • PT 746  Physical Therapy in Pediatrics
Year Three — Spring
  • PT 757  Leadership, Professional Development, and Expert Practice
  • PT 801  Clinical Practicum II
  • PT 803  Case Report II
Year Three — Summer
  • PT 802  Clinical Practicum III

Physical Therapy Department

Marymount University
Location: 4040 Fairfax Drive, Suite 202 Arlington, VA 22203
Mailing Address: 2807 N. Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: 703-284-5980

Office Hours:

M-Th 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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